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Better In Bed

Loadmaster’s Cargo Management Solutions

Bryan Fross
Sep 30, 2019

We all have a lot of things to haul around. For truck owners, sometimes it means we end up hauling around a variety of items, including other people's stuff. However, the factory bed in your truck may not be the best option for you if you're looking to make hauling things easier. The LTA Manufacturing Loadmaster line of products for all different makes, models, and sizes of truck beds can relieve some of the difficulties, pain, and hassles of taking what you want to where you want it to be.

The Loadmaster is a convenient heavy-duty 57-inch-wide tray that slides in and out easily even when fully loaded and can carry up to 800 pounds. The Stormaster in combination with the Loadmaster adds a secure, compartmentalized storage solution below the tray for tools, valuables or just about anything you can fit inside and want to lock away. The most convenient part of this bed system is that it can be installed in factory bolt holes for a no-drill installation in your pickup. There are also options to cater to different needs and activities. You can add an easily-installed steel mesh bulkhead option to keep cargo away from your back window and the system fits nicely when used with a truck bed cap for covered storage.

No matter what you're hauling around, need to store or what you use your truck for, there is a Loadmaster configuration to suit your lifestyle. Follow along while we walk you through the simple install and show you the convenience the Loadmaster/Stormaster Bed System provides.

Photo 2/20   |   The product comes fully assembled and shrink-wrapped from the LTA Manufacturing factory in Ottawa, KS to the local dealer. All hardware and bracketry for installation is located inside the unit.
Photo 3/20   |   With the wrap removed, the full unit is lined up with the truck for a clear look at the size of the Loadmaster/Stormaster system that will fill a fullsize truck bed while adding versatility and storage.
Photo 4/20   |   We start by removing the factory D-rings at the front of the bed. They will be immediately reused, so we set them aside for a moment.
Photo 5/20   |   The mounting brackets are set on each side and checked for fitment. The holes line up perfectly. The bolts are left loose for now to allow some movement.
Photo 6/20   |   Our factory D-ring and new hardware supplied with the Loadmaster are utilized to sandwich the bracket in place.
Photo 7/20   |   On the rear side of the brackets, a header bar is fitted into the mounting holes.
Photo 8/20   |   With the supplied washers and nuts, the header bar is bolted onto the brackets.
Photo 9/20   |   The factory D-rings can now be tightened down fully to each side.
Photo 10/20   |   Here is the header bar in place towards the front of the bed. This will be the mounting point for the Loadmaster unit.
Photo 11/20   |   In this top view, you can see the Loadmaster will be mounted nearly all the way to the front end of the bed leaving little wasted space and only enough room to access the hardware.
Photo 12/20   |   The Loadmaster is a heavy unit and requires a helper, or better yet, a forklift, to lift it into place. But first, there are a few things to get it ready for mounting.
Photo 13/20   |   Each mounting stud on the unit has the hardware already attached.
Photo 14/20   |   The mounting hardware is removed from the studs and set aside.
Photo 15/20   |   Now the bed system is lifted carefully into place. The mounting studs slide into the open holes on the header bar. This is a big step considering the size of the Loadmaster, which is why the installation is almost always performed by an official LTA dealer.
Photo 16/20   |   The nuts and washers we removed from the studs can now be reinstalled and locked down with a wrench or air ratchet.
Photo 17/20   |   With the Loadmaster/Stormaster combo in place, the bed is now occupied with a solution to carry large items and secure smaller items in the lower lockable compartments.
Photo 18/20   |   The unit fits in the bed under the factory rails allowing the use of a tonneau cover that can be raised or removed when you want to load up the sliding tray.
Photo 19/20   |   Of course, the system also fits under a truck cap with full use of the sliding tray for tailgating, camping, equipment hauling and many other uses with protection from the elements.
Photo 20/20   |   And when you're ready to pack it in, the Loadmaster slides out of the way to securely store your items. Check out LTA to find a Loadmaster for your truck!